Indian players celebrate as Australian batsman Shaun Marsh is dismissed for a duck in the second T20 in Melbourne. (AFP)
New Delhi: India's impressive fielding performance in the second Twenty20 International in Melbourne came in for praise from former captain Sunil Gavaskar, who said the visitors' should carry the never-say-die attitude in the ODI triangular-series starting on Sunday.
Gavaskar said India had not won too many matches on the back of impressive fielding performance and Friday's eight-wicket victory against Australia was one of them.
"I was thinking today's match would also go like the first T20 and a repeat of the England tour where we could not win a single match. But it was a very good turnaround due to excellent fielding," Gavaskar said.
"India has not won too many matches on the back of fielding. I can remember the win at Sharjah, in Perth in 1991 against the West Indies and in the 1983 World Cup when Kapil Dev took a great catch," he said.
"The energy level and the body language of the players were different from the first T20 and it should be like that. The effort level has to be high. The winning feeling is hard to go by and they should continue the fighting spirit and the never-say-die attitude in the tri-series," he added.
Till this win captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was criticised for his unimaginative captaincy and field placings but Gavaskar said he was spotless in his tactics on Friday.
"I think the field placement was tremendous. For instance, positioning Ravindra Jadeja at backward point was a good thinking on part of Dhoni. Then don't forget the catch taken by Gautam Gambhir (to remove David Warner), it was superb. The field placings, putting the right fielder at the right positions was the best today," Gavaskar told a news channel.